Concordia has been home to a worship night that was hosted by my good friends Simeon and Johanna Lohrmann. I wasn’t able to attend many last year, due to my schedule, but the few that I did attend were definitely impactful – as usual. One night in particular stood out to me. A healing took place.
During worship, I had a specific sense that God wanted to heal some individuals physically. If you are familiar with this blog you know that I am a firm believer that God speaks to all his children (John 10:27), but we often don’t listen or take action. Many times we hear God’s voice but we assume it’s ours so we don’t make moves on it. The only way for us to learn how to decipher God’s voice from ours is if we take risks on it. This was an example of that rule.
Of course I didn’t know for 100% certain if God was really about to heal someone, but there are some things that I do know for certain that helps me take these risks:
1. God’s will is always for healing. I do not believe that God inflicts sickness and disease – those are outcomes of sin, which Jesus has demolished at the cross. The variance is in God’s timing. I do not believe that it is always God’s will to use me or you to heal someone at the very moment of our prayer – that would be unhealthy theology. Nonetheless, God commissioned us to pray for healing just as much as he has called us to make disciples. So we must at least try… there is nothing to lose.
2. A miracle is not always guaranteed, but love is. At the very least, praying for someone individually and allowing the Holy Spirit to move creates an opportunity for someone to feel the love of the Father. This to me, is enough reason to take risks of prayer.
Back to the story. Once I shared what I felt God was saying, one girl named Kim shared that she had head pain. Honestly, I don’t remember all the details and specifics of her story, but if I’m not mistaken, she had received a concussion a few years back and the head pain continued to follow her daily ever since the event. We as a community laid our hands on her (Hebrews 6:2) and prayed that Jesus would heal her miraculously and take the pain away. She instantly burst into tears of joy. She was quick to explain that God took her head pain away in that instant! We of course were all stoked on life. God was real in that moment.
I saw her months after that night and asked her how she had been since her healing. She told me the good news that she was still without pain – it was clearly a permanent healing. The best news however, was what that night did for her faith. She told me how her faith wasn’t necessarily the strongest before that night and even admitted that she thought we were all kinda weird (which I never take offense to, she had a point). But once she was personally touched by Jesus, she was fully aware of God’s love for her. That moment was more than a miracle, it was a powerful act of love and an expression of the heart of our perfect Father.
I haven’t seen nearly the amount of healings that I would like to see, but I have seen enough. There’s a certain amount of times that a miracle takes place before your eyes that you suddenly consider the impossible to be logical.
I am a fan of logic and reason. I read books on philosophy and I enjoy deep thought and the pursuit of good, beauty, and truth. What some may find striking is that I find the Christian faith, in all of its impossibilities to be logical and the purest form of life. This post in particular isn’t meant for an apologetical rant on the accuracy of scripture and historical documents and what not. However, I will say, that since I have accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior and have followed him, I find it easier to believe in the miraculous. Honestly, it confuses me when I run across fellow Christians who have no problem believing that Jesus entered the planet as fully God and fully man, lived a perfect life, healed sickness, drove out demons, died and rose again, redeemed all of mankind by the forgiveness of all sins, ascended into heaven and sent his Holy Spirit to all who call upon his name, YET do not believe that miracles happen today. I find that line of thinking inconsistent. There is beauty in the miraculous and I believe it is a necessary part of the Gospel (Matthew 10:8).
The Church is called the body of Christ, in other words we are here to represent Christ or rather, re-present Christ. The Holy Spirit is more than an elevated conscious, he his power. What would the world look like if the Church of God arose and began walking in the calling that he placed in our identity? The Church is called to be the “Light of the world” (Matthew 5:14) and Jesus himself said these amazing words, “Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.” (John 14:12)
Much of people’s resentment toward God is due to the amount of evil seen in the world. I believe that if the Church would host God’s Presence well, and unleash the Kingdom of God to the world through faith and prayer, then darkness would shatter and the world would see the goodness of God. The power of healing is an essential part of Christ’s identity, and since it is seen in him, it needs to be seen in us.
“The Sun of Righteousness will rise with healing in his wings.”